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YouView from BT review

BT's take on YouView now features a new, smaller box

Our Verdict

Makes complete sense if you're already with BT, but if you're not it might make more sense to use catch-up elsewhere.

For

  • Speedier EPG navigation
  • Good value if you're already with BT
  • Build your own channel package

Against

  • Pricey to switch if not with BT
  • Still slow to start up
  • Limited BT content
  • Many competing products

We really like the core YouView service. But because of the non-obvious way to access the BT content, it can be hard to remember the on-demand films and TV is actually there. It is a subsidised way to get hold of the YouView box and BT is banking on you using the pay-as-you-go programming or subscribing to extra channels.

We liked

As with the original Humax box, we love this new BT version. The recording, pause and resume all work excellently. The remote is great to use and the overall quality of the programming guide and the improved interface speed is noticeable. We were impressed with the reliability of the on-demand players, which are also improved.

We disliked

We still aren't that impressed with the start-up time of this new box. It's better. But it's not that much better and bet that many people won't even realise the eco mode is there, so they won't know they can even reduce that time.

The big elephant in the room with YouView is that many much cheaper Freeview HD recorders are now offering access to on-demand content, while many smart TVs also do it out of the box. On demand is YouView's big sell as you can scroll back within the guide, but those foundations are being undermined constantly by such alternatives. But that's almost a side issue for BT.

Final verdict

YouView from BT is a good way to get yourself an otherwise pricey YouView box – providing you already have a BT line and BT Broadband. If you don't already have those services, you can find that signing up will cost you more than you want because of the options available.

Price up the package you want before deciding to switch. You may find you're better off just going to buy the standard YouView box. Or going the Freeview HD+ route if you're not that bothered about scrolling back in the planner.

But as a device and service for those who have a BT phone line and broadband already, BT's take on YouView doesn't disappoint.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital Video Recorder
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoNo
SCARTYes
Product FamilyYouView
HD RecordingYes
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse
Brand NameHumax
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
EthernetYes
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height246 mm
Width380 mm
Depth55 mm
Certifications & StandardsCE
ManufacturerHumax Corporation, Ltd
Product ModelDTR-T1000
Product NameDTR-T1000 YouView / Digital TV Recorder
Product LineYouView
Manufacturer Part NumberDTR-T1000
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.humaxusa.com
Marketing InformationExtraordinary control

YouView has an extraordinary scroll back guide.
But that's just the beginning. With on demand, search and record you'll always find something to match your mood.

Scroll back TV

The seven day scroll back guide brings together catch up TV from across BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD and Demand 5.

Simply scroll back through the guide and choose from a great selection
of programmes. Catch up TV where it should be, on your TV.
Package Contents
  • DTR-T1000 YouView / Digital TV Recorder
  • Quick Start Guide
  • User Manual
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x Batteries
  • HDMI Cable
  • Ethernet Cable
Weight (Approximate)2.75 kg